Skip to comments.Obamacare Hits Hollywood: Studios Brace for the Affordable Care Act
Posted on 06/27/2013 3:24:52 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
"It's a morass of regulations and requirements, and everyone's trying to figure out what their exposure is," says Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Adds Mark Goldstein, CEO of Entertainment Partners, which has held 16 seminars to help studios understand ACA: "It's going to be a very big deal."
Determining the exact nature of the new laws has been difficult, given that many ACA terms have yet to be worked out. Hollywood productions, for instance, might find it irksome simply trying to categorize employees as full- or part-time, seasonal or variable, and it's important that they get the classifications right lest they face hefty fines. "ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn't written with this industry in mind," says Belcher.
One of the unintended consequences, say some industry insiders, is that it could lead to productions running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn't apply to U.S. citizens working abroad. Some also say the number of production days in the U.S. are likely to be cut due to ACA because there's a 90-day waiting period before productions must either pay a penalty or offer health insurance to full-time workers. That rule provides big incentives for a production to wrap in less than three months. While big-budget movies and season-long TV shows might not have such a luxury, smaller films or TV pilots could easily rush their schedules to make sure they come in at under 90 days.
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Well, a little good news at last. I’ll try to find comfort as a pay more for my doctor’s appointments.
The 2014 elections may be our last chance.
Cry me a great, bloody river, Hollywood....
I love to hear the squeals of 0bama supporters who have been given the shaft by their hero.
I see a remake of Blazing Saddles with the CIC as Hedley Lamarr and VP as Taggart.
Hedley Lamarr: My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives on how to bankrupt and destroy our country.
Taggart: God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.
Like the sound of self righteous, arrogant, hypocritical Hollywood lefties whining?
Wait until computer generated graphics advance to the point film makers no longer need live actors.
I’d like to see Obama in the role that Madelaine Kahn had, in a dress, singing “I’m Tired, So Tired”.
More fitting to his personal character.
Thrilled to death some of nobama’s biggest contributors ans most ardent fans are realizing what a POS nobamacare is. Maybe they will complain and bitch directly to their King.
Nah, he’d prolly just give them exemptions.
“Nah, hed prolly just give them exemptions.”
He better; the AIDS cocktails alone will drive movie tickets over $20 apiece...
Gee, the Hollywood Elite not willing to pay their fair share for the less fortunate? What a surprise. (not)
Heh....LET’S TURN THEM IN TO THE IRS for noncompliance...
They are also dealing with interns suing to get paid.
My employer provided gold plated insurance package (dental,glasses, medical) cost a bit over $20,000 a year.
I never grossed anything like 200K ??
How does that work?
Hollywood will call all of the trades independent contractors. Like hospitals are doing for radiology, anesthesiology, hematology and other skills.
I don’t think they’re really worried.
The last movie ticket I paid for was $5.
Is even Hollywood still shilling for Obama?
I occasionally take the kids to see the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies (wholesome stuff); I think the tickets were $8. I haven’t seen a “grown-up” movie in a theater in years (except for “The Hobbit”).